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DeMarco Murray sets up Cowboys for victory

With a crucial third-and-5 run on Dallas' final drive, Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray put his team in position for the win.

Joe Robbins

The Dallas Cowboys won their second game in a row Sunday, as Dan Bailey kicked a 40-yard field goal on the final play for a 20-19 victory. While the Cowboys celebrated the game-winning kick, the real celebration came a few plays earlier after a crucial run by DeMarco Murray.

"It was more of a celebration before the kick," defensive end Marcus Spears said. "I've never seen that from a third down pickup."

The run came on third-and-5 from the Cincinnati 30 with 1:17 left in the game. Murray managed to fight off a tackle and stretch just far enough for a first down, which was confirmed after a video review. The pickup allowed Dallas to set Bailey up a little closer for his kick and wait until the last snap to go for the win.

The game against the Bengals was Murray's second since coming back from foot injury. The Cowboys are 2-0 since Murray's return, which has allowed the team to stay in the NFC playoff race. At 7-6, Dallas is tied with two teams one game back from the final Wild Card spot.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.